Will The iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Finally Have Bluetooth AptX Technlogy Like Samsung Galaxy S Devices?

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be announced on September 9. It will have some new features that should excite consumers. GottaBe Mobile talks about one of the more exciting new features.

“One major upgrade for both the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s display that rumors show is on the way is a new way to touch the screen. Force Touch allows a display to detect a harder press and know that you want to do more than a normal tap.”

There are all types of things Force Touch can allow, such as fast forwarding a video clip just by pressing down hard on the screen. There are some sources who say the regular iPhone 6s will be upgraded to a full 1080p resolution screen, while the iPhone 6s Plus will have a Quad HD screen.

Given the rise in popularity of Bluetooth headphones, many potential buyers want to know if Apple will finally include aptX streaming technology with the new iPhones. CSR, the company who created aptX, has information about the codec on its website.

“aptX® audio technology delivers CD-like quality audio over a Bluetooth® connection. It’s a key product differentiator in over 320 leading audio brands for headphones, headsets, automotive audio, speakers, mobile devices, gaming products and as part of Home Entertainment Ecosystems, where a true audiophile experience is paramount.”

The site then goes on to explain that Bluetooth audio is compressed, but aptX compresses the sound in a way that still produces the same quality sound as wired technology. CNET isn’t sure if aptX really lives up to its promise.

“AptX promises ‘CD-like quality’ sound over Bluetooth. This comparison is always suspect, and it’s as overused as it is vague.”

When using the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphones on the iPhone 6 Plus, the sound is good — at least for wireless sound. However, you can still tell that you are listening with wireless headphones. When using the same graphic equalizer settings on the same songs, the Bowers & Wilkins headphones sound better on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 — a device with aptX technology. There are less hisses and less of a filter effect over the music. It’s not much better, but it is noticeable. Though aptX may over-hype their technology, it obviously does help make a difference.

Many people believe that Apple hasn’t integrated aptX technology in their iOS devices because Apple usually doesn’t like using another company’s proprietary technology. However, with the popularity of Bluetooth headphones, isn’t it about time the decision makers at Apple change their minds?

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